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Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Picton or Blenheim

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Blenheim, New Zealand

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc and scenic Marlborough Sounds. Discover both on this full-day small-group tour as you visit several Marlborough wineries, indulge in expert-led wine tastings, tuck into lunch at a waterfront restaurant (own expense), then set sail on a cruise through the Marlborough Sounds, accompanied by a delicious seafood tasting platter.
  • Full day Marlborough wine tasting tour from Blenheim or Picton, including Marlborough Sounds cruise
  • Go behind the scenes with a tour and tasting at several Marlborough wineries
  • Sample classic Marlborough wines such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch (own expense) overlooking the Marlborough Sounds
  • Sample fresh seafood as you cruise around the Marlborough Sounds
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalised experience
Wine tasting
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local taxes
Seafood Cruise
Waterfront lunch (at your own expense)
Food and drinks (except wine and seafood tastings specified)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your accommodation in Picton or Blenheim. Picton Waterfront from Water Taxis. Blenheim Airport

Airports

  • Blenheim Airport, Blenheim New Zealand


Ports

  • Picton


Departure Time

9:30 AM
Begin your wine-fuelled day tour with pick-up from your central Picton or Blenheim hotel, and admire the sloping vineyards and distant mountain peaks as you drive into the heart of the Marlborough wine region, where 75% of New Zealand’s wine is produced.

Listen as your guide explains the popularity of its signature Sauvignon Blanc wine, and learn how its unique combination of soil and climate help create its distractive taste. Along the way, stop at several different wineries and cellar doors, where you’ll have chance to stroll around the vineyards, peek inside the wineries, and enjoy wine tasting.

After a morning of wine tasting, continue to the magnificent valleys of the Marlborough Sounds, where you’ll have time for lunch (own expense) at a waterfront restaurant. Then, hop aboard for a scenic sightseeing cruise around the Marlborough Sounds, accompanied by a platter of fresh local seafood and a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

After soaking up the spectacular scenery, return to shore, where your driver will be waiting to take your back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Marlborough Sounds
The Marlborough Icons Tour covers the very best of Marlborough in one day. A Marlborough wine tour in the morning followed by a delicious Marlborough Sounds waterfront lunch, then a relaxing seafood cruise for the afternoon, accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc as you cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds NZ.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Marlborough Region
Sightseeing in the Marlborough wine region, famous for Sauvignon Blanc. View the vineyards, the wineries, sample great wines at two fabulous wineries.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking (larger groups by arrangement)
  • A minimum of 2 people
  • The afternoon cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions
  • If you haven't let us know your accommodation at time of booking, please let us know as soon as possible where you are staying by emailing us (info@marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz) or calling us: +64 3 577 9997
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Marlborough Tour Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Picton or Blenheim?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "There was also additional wine/beverages available for purchase on board the boat for reasonable prices."
  • "A stop at the chocolate factory on the way home." See review

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Wine tasting and mussels
dvcorder
, Feb 2020
A fantastic day! Visited some quality wineries in the morning and spent the afternoon cruising the Marlborough Sounds while enjoying a never ending supply of freshly steamed Green Shell Mussels! Not to be missed!!
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Wine and Mussels
RedFilth
, Jan 2020
Lovely day out tasting wine at three wineries (a bonus stop for bubbles) lunch and then a nice cruise on the Sound finishing with some fresh green shelled mussels. A stop at the chocolate factory on the way home. Heather was great company and looked after us. Highly recommend this trip.
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Fantastic day out
Roving11009819336
, Jan 2019
Entertaining, friendly, informative, magnificent staff, really interesting, cruise, I cant recommend this trip highly enough, a great way to spend your time and money in Marlborough
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Good 2 wineries and boat cruise...
Sarah W
, Apr 2018
Good 2 wineries and boat cruise around the sounds with mussels was good. Would have loved to go to a 3rd winery.
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This was a wonderful tour. After I...
GregBow
, Mar 2018
This was a wonderful tour. After I was picked up in Picton by Matt right on time, we picked up others on the tour at various places along the way, giving me the chance to see a lot of the local countryside. We then visited to two Marlborough wineries - the larger Marlborough icon Cloudy Bay and the smaller, family-run Wairau River Winery. We were given a good range of quality wines to taste at each. Throughout the winery leg of the tour Matt provided excellent commentary on the region and its wines. We then drove to the Slip Inn in Havelock for lunch before boarding the boat for a tour of that part of Marlborough Sounds. Matt then skippered the boat and provided informative commentary about the spectacular scenery we passed and the local mussel farming industry, while Lexie kept the freshly cooked greenshell mussells and local wine including some we had tasted earlier coming until we had eaten our fill.
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AMAZING DAY - On the water and on...
Sandra K
, Feb 2018
AMAZING DAY - On the water and on land this was by far our best tour! Mussels, Clams, Salmon, Wine, Lunch - A
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I booked this tour for my wife's...
Les L
, Apr 2017
I booked this tour for my wife's birthday. Graham picked us up in a Mercedes van at our hotel in Picton he's a retired gentleman who does this on a part-time basis. We only had one other couple on the tour. I know this area is known for Sauvignon Blanc, but we prefer Chardonnay and let Graham know. He took us to two wineries the first was Cloudy Bay which is owned by the holding company which owns Louis Vuitton. It was a beautiful setting and the woman that conducted the tasting was delightful. The grounds were very green and peaceful. The second winery was Wairau River Winery, which was smaller and family owned. The lady doing the tasting was also very nice and offered more tastings that I'm sure she was supposed to. We then drove to Slip Inn for lunch outside on the water-excellent. We boarded the boat for a tour of the sound with a group of others. The captain was a nice young man and the views were beautiful. Graham cooked the mussels and everyone gathered around with wine and ate them. The captain's commentary was very interesting about growing the mussels. I'm not a big fan of them, but it was a very fun day. Graham was an excellent and friendly guide and told us a lot of interesting things on the tour. Highly recommend!
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Matt was very professional and...
Judith M
, Apr 2017
Matt was very professional and personable. We enjoyed visiting his families' vineyard, as well as several of the Marlborough wineries. The mussel boat ride was great - the scenery, the wine, the food, and learning about the mussel growing industry knew nothing about it before!. All well done

Product code: 39241P3

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